By Matt Phelan
Chandlewick Press, Somerville, 2009
Borrowed from the library.
Interestingly, this beautiful graphic novel is, like The Castaways,
about the dust bowl years of the depression in the mid-west.
Jack Clark, eleven years old and facing the normal problems of growing up and feeling the disruptions in his family also faces the devastating effects of the drought. He sees a strangle light in n abandoned barn. Is it real or is he beginning to suffer some strange illness brought by the dust?
In a story filled with mystery and beautifully drawn and painted, Matt Phelan brings us a images of Mid-west during the 1930’s and of a young boy facing the challenges of growing up.
The Storm In The Barn has won the Scott O’Dell Award for historic fiction. Make sure you visit Matt Phelan’s site to learn more about this wonderful book.